Golden raisins, pistachios, along with matcha powder and the flavors of vanilla and cardamom are baked into crunchy oats in this healthy and delicious green tea granola.
I make granola at home constantly. When I tell people this, they’re either super exited and all about sharing the granola love, or they’re not, in which case they generally have one of the following two justifications for their feelings:
(1) “Granola is too healthy for me.”
(2) “Granola’s not healthy enough for me.”
Isn’t that funny? I get it though. The people who think granola is too healthy, we’ll they’re just confused as far as I’m concerned. Not that granola is not healthy…it totally can be. I think they assume that because granola is associated with healthy food in any way, it must inherently taste like cardboard. So not true. I’ve yet to meet a granola that wasn’t delicious. Those in the not-healthy-enough category I suppose are concerned about the fat and sugar content. It’s true, most granola isn’t exactly what we’d call light food, but it can be reasonable.
This granola is decidedly healthy, as far as granolas go anyway. I used less oil than I normally would, as well as less sugar, which is supplied entirely in the form of maple syrup. I also loaded up this batch of granola with match green tea, which is pretty undeniably healthy. For flavor, I went with some vanilla, cardamom, pistachios and golden raisins. It ended up tasting something like a dessert you might get at an Indian restaurant.
It’s not that green. It’s got a green hue. Feel free to green yours up by adding more matcha, keeping in mind that adding more will increase the intensity of the earthy green tea taste.
Green Tea Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup shelled and salted pistachios
- 1 tbsp. matcha or to taste
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom or to taste
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 300°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
In medium mixing bowl, stir together oats, coconut, pistachios, matcha, cardamom and salt. Add maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Stir until well mixed.
Distribute mixture into even layers on two baking sheets. Bake until browned around edges, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Transfer to storage container and stir in raisins.